HBO officially shuts down its Apple TV Channel, cutting off HBO Max access for some users

HBO officially shuts down its Apple TV Channel, cutting off HBO Max access for some users

When WarnerMedia launched its new expanded streaming service, HBO Max, earlier this year, HBO simultaneously stopped participating in Apple TV Channels. This meant that new subscribers could not sign up for HBO through Apple TV Channels, but existing subscribers could continue to access their subscriptions. HBO appears to have flipped a switch today, however, that completely shuts off access to HBO via Apple TV Channels, including the ability to sign in using your Apple TV Channels subscription information. For those unfamiliar, Apple TV Channels are streaming services that you can buy and stream directly in the TV app. If you do so, all billing is handled through Apple itself, and the video is hosted by Apple. This means you watch it directly in the TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV, rather than in the third-party provider’s application. In the case of HBO, the streaming service supported full Apple TV Channels integration until the launch of HBO Max. When HBO Max launched, existing subscribers through Apple TV Channels could continue accessing the HBO channel, but the HBO channel …
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